Level 1 Lesson 5 / It’s me, What is it? / 이에요,예요

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After listening to this lesson, you can form simple present tense sentences like “It’s water.” “It’s me.” or “It’s a dictionary.” and you can also ask “What is it?” in Korean. The basic way in which Korean sentences are formed is different from the way English sentences are formed because the position of the verb in a sentence is different. In Korean, the verb “to be” comes AFTER a noun, and you can learn how to form simple “to be” sentences in Korean by listening to this episode of TalkToMeInKorean. Be sure to use the free PDF attached to this lesson as well.


You can read more about this grammar point at this Korean Wiki Project page.

You can download a free PDF for this lesson here, or if you want to study with our TalkToMeInKorean textbooks, you can get them here. And after you learn the basics, try writing your own Korean sentences and get corrections from native speakers through HaruKorean, our 1:1 correction service.


  • loveiz evol

    감사합니다

  • 애슐이

    its not supposed to be 있어요 ? or 있어 ? i dont get it :(((

    • Seokjin Jin

      You can use both. -있어요 is a formal form and -있어 is a casual form.

    • 애슐리

      Ah thank you!

  • Corrine Yun

    Why is it that in korean when s is in contanct or followed by i or il that the s turns into a sh like a sh sound?

    • Juanis

      Its basically pronounciation, its a soft S, so it sounds like a SH, its also more comfortable to say it that way :P

      Ps: if you say it like a really strong S, it wont sound as SH, but if you think about it, korean consonants (Expect for double consonants) are said really softly, so they sometimes wont sound as a really strong consonant, unlike English. So always try so say your consonants softly, so that they sound right or, koreanish enough :P

    • Corrine Yun

      Okay thank you!

  • Liza

    Annyonghaseyo! I just have one question. “I’m a student” will be [Hak-seng-i-e-yo] right? But how do we then say “This is a student”. Will it be the same? Please explain)) ~Annyonghikaseyo!

  • https://plus.google.com/u/0/108535705911172863976/posts/p/pub Caroline Jailine Islas

    my english is so very bad and this is something difficult, but thank to this, I have to improve my english and I can learn a language that I like, so many thanks talktomeincorean.com

    Desde México :)

    • Seokjin Jin

      Thanks so much for your comment. We are trying to make some of our contents in Spanish and we will let you know that when it is done. :)

  • Darwin

    Thanks for the lesson i was planning to get scholarship in korea and this will help me alot :) Kamsahamnida

  • Priya kannan

    Hello.thanks for this lesson. But for me sometimes ‘m’ sounds like ‘b’ for e.g moul water it sounds like bul and moaoe sounds like boaoe why its varies like this?

    • Juanis

      Its just the way you say the m. its not a really strong m its really
      soft, it kind of sounds like a B. Its really just the way you say the M.
      Same as with B a P its the way you same the B, it can sometimes sound
      as a P.

      Dont really know how to explain it, but i hope it helped somehow!

    • Priya kannan

      Thank you juanis.

  • Nadya

    Dear teachers, help me please! How correctly to say “and” like in the sentence : “An apple and an orange.”?

    • lisiri

      From what I understand, there are several ways to say “and” in Korean. Try:
      와 [wa] when the last letter of the word ends in a vowel.
      괴 [kwa] when the last letter of the word ends in a consonant.

      Examples:

      사과와 오렌지
      [sa-gwa-wa o-ren-ji]
      apple and orange

      사람괴 동물
      [sa-ram-kwa dong-mool]
      people and animals

    • Nadya

      Thank you! Can you also tell me what should I use if I need to compare two expressions? Like in the sentence: “The answer “B” is correct and the answer “A” is also correct (is correct too).”

    • lisiri

      Ha. I learned a way of doing that today listening to my TTMIK podcast in the car on the way home from work. You might try the particle -도 [-do] (TTMIK Level 2 Lesson 13 & 14). Added to the end of a noun, pronoun or verb turned into a noun, it means too or also.

    • Nadya_V14

      It is very nice of You to help me! Thank You a lot!

  • Juanis

    If it is Jeoyeyo, why does the “J” Sound like a “T”??

    • Seokjin Jin

      No. It doesn’t sound like that to me. As we have heard different language for a long time, some pronunciation can be heard in a different way.

  • Juanis

    So if i want to say SHE is a student, it would be the same thing as it is a student? Or I am a student its the same thing as its a student?

  • Guest

    I’m brazilian so it’s kinda hard for me to learn, but i’m making it. but i have one concern. I really need to learn how to write, but because of the romanization i’m not learning. thing like the alphabet for an example and every time i’m making a lesson i just can write in the romanized way, or in the oral way. so, why this is happening, is this normal? what tecniques can i use to learn and remember how to write in korean, or it just come with time?

  • Brenda Soares

    I’m brazilian so it’s kinda hard for me to learn, but i’m making it. but i have one concern. I really need to learn how to write, but because of the romanization i’m not learning. things like the alphabet for an example. And every time i’m making a lesson i just can write in the romanized way, or in the oral way. so, why this is happening, is this normal? what tecniques can i use to learn and remember how to write in korean, or it just come with time?

  • Charie

    So when you say “Are you at school?” do you still say 학교예요? [hak-yo-ye-yo] ?

    • Arcieleen

      학교에 있어요 is the right term.

      학교예요 means It’s school.